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Senator Murray Slams Trump Administration for Advancing Republican Plan to Gut Medicaid

Trump Administration announces new guidelines for states seeking to convert Medicaid to block grants States allowed to shift to block grant approach would have their federal Medicaid funding capped even during recessions and public health emergencies Murray: "President Trump continues to make clear his number one priority when it comes to families' health care is making it more expensive and harder to get." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of… Continue Reading


Murray Joins Democrats in Demanding Trump Retract Comments, Publicly Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Senators respond to Trump's comments at Davos that he would consider cutting Medicare & Social Security Senators: "American workers who for decades have paid into Social Security and Medicare should not be forced to relinquish their health and retirement security to pay for your tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, joined Se… Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Press Health Department for Updates on Novel Coronavirus, Call for Continuing Robust, Science-Driven Response

31 Democratic Senators write to Health Department requesting updates on response to novel coronavirus outbreak There are currently 5 confirmed U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus Senators: "A quick and effective response to the 2019-nCoV requires public health officials around the world work together to share reliable information about the disease and insight into steps taken to prevent, diagnose, and treat it appropriately." Senators: "Outbreaks like this serve as a solemn reminder o… Continue Reading


HELP and SFRC Leadership Statement on Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Briefing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, respectively, today released the following statement after holding an all-senator briefing with top administration health officials regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first detected in Wuhan, China: "We are monitoring… Continue Reading


Senator Murray: Despite Republican Attacks, Support for Right to Safe, Legal Abortion Stronger Than Ever On Roe v. Wade Anniversary

47 years after Roe decision, 70 percent of voters want the right to a safe, legal abortion upheld In video, Murray calls out Republicans' attacks on reproductive rights and vows to continue standing with people across the country who are speaking out about what's at stake Murray: "While there are many attacks on women's reproductive rights, there are even more people like Jennifer-women and men across the country willing to stand up and speak out about what this fight means for them, an… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren, and Kuster Press Drug Enforcement Administration On Long-Overdue Steps to Expand Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment

Murray, Warren, Kuster send letter to Drug Enforcement Administration over delay in action to help people struggling with opioid addiction Members call out two specific steps to expand treatment access that have gone unresolved despite being on DEA's agenda for two years DEA missed October deadline requiring it to increase access to medication-assisted treatment via telemedicine DEA has yet to allow licensing of new mobile methadone clinics Members "To not make progress quickly o… Continue Reading


Senator Murray’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal to Expand Federally-Sanctioned Discrimination Against the LGBTQIA+ Community and Women

Trump Administration proposes faith-based regulations, allowing for 8 federal agencies to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ communities and women Murray: "These latest rules are nothing less than a license to discriminate against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's… Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Slam NLRB Proposal to Strip Students Employed by Private Universities of Workplace Rights

NLRB proposes rule asserting students working for private universities are not employees, denying them the right to join and form unions Murray, 13 Democratic senators slam rule, noting it will strip students of fundamental rights Senators: "proposal…will harm working students, many of whom already struggle to attend class, maintain a job, and pay for the extraordinary costs of higher education" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate … Continue Reading


Following Requests from Murray, Wyden, Durbin: IRS, Treasury Expand Tax Relief for Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers

Broad guidance extends tax relief for defrauded student borrowers who took out federal and private loans to attend predatory colleges following multiple requests from Sens. Murray, Wyden and Durbin Over 18,000 students across the country will receive tax relief for discharged loans taken out to attend predatory colleges WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking m… Continue Reading


Senator Murray: New Joint Employer Rule is a “Huge Blow to Workers’ Rights”

Labor Department finalizes joint employer rule, allowing corporations to avoid responsibility for workers' rights violations Murray: "Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, the Trump Administration has once again advanced the interests of those at the very top at the expense of workers" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Department of Labo… Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Slam FDA E-Cigarette Policy Riddled With Loopholes for Kid-Appealing Flavors

30 Democratic Senators write to new FDA Commissioner criticizing weak tobacco policy with huge loopholes Trump Administration policy won't address menthol flavored e-cigarettes or flavored e-liquids that are not in a cartridge-including those with fruit, candy, and other flavors Senators: "FDA's recently announced compliance policy fails to prioritize children, families, and the public health ahead of industry objections." Senators to FDA Commissioner Hahn: "In one of FDA's first maj… Continue Reading


Murray Urges DOL to Reverse Decision that Undermines Protections from Wage Discrimination for Federal Contract Workers

Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently announced it will stop using pay data intended to enforce wage discrimination laws Decision is contrary to the agency's mandate to enforce federal laws to protect workers on federal contracts from wage discrimination based on their sex, race, or other protected characteristics Senator Murray: "OFCCP must be armed with more information, not less, if we are to address the unacceptable and unlawful wage gaps expe… Continue Reading


Senator Murray: President Trump Has Broken Promise, “Sold Out Young People to Tobacco Companies,” With Weak E-Cigarette Policy

In major backtrack from promise made last September, Trump Administration announced e-cigarette policy with massive carve-outs Murray recently voted against FDA Commissioner Dr. Hahn's nomination over his failure to commit to putting data, science, and public health first with strong action on youth tobacco use Murray: "President Trump has sold out young people to tobacco companies by breaking his promise to clear the market of all nontobacco flavored e-cigarettes, and giving tobacco com… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Slams New Trump-Pence Rule Designed to Place More Obstacles Between Women and Reproductive Health Care

Trump-Pence rule creates new burdens for women seeking insurance that covers comprehensive reproductive health care Murray: "The last thing people need are more obstacles between them and their health care-and yet President Trump continues to look for new, damaging ways to get in between patients and their care providers and to chip away at access to reproductive health care." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labo… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Applauds Passage of Major Legislation to Strengthen Retirement Security

Recently passed spending bill includes SECURE Act, legislation with several provisions to bolster families' retirement security Bill includes step Murray has long pressed for to expand access to retirement plans for long-term, part-time workers by changing minimum participation standards Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to the passa… Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden Lead Senate Democrats in Demanding HHS Rescind Rule Allowing Sweeping Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination

Senators say HHS decision to rollback essential nondiscrimination protections runs counter to HHS mission to 'enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans' Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, led every member of the Senate Democratic caucus to demand that the Department of Health and Human… Continue Reading


Murray: Ruling in Republicans’ Partisan Lawsuit Puts Health Care and Protections for Millions on “Completely Avoidable, Catastrophic Crash Course”

Decision leaves health care and protections for millions uncertain as case is returned to judge who previously ruled to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act Murray: "Today Republicans are closer to getting the health care plan they wanted, in the form of a court ruling that could leave millions of people without the coverage and protections they rely on." Murray: "For months, Democrats have urged President Trump and Republicans to listen to patients and drop this partisan and deep… Continue Reading


Murray: Civil Rights Agency Must Support Workers’ Right to Take Predatory Corporations to Court for Employment Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rescinds long-standing policy opposing mandatory arbitration agreements as contrary to civil rights laws and harmful to workers across the country Murray: "The last thing an agency tasked with enforcing workers' rights should do is weaken its stance on predatory corporate practices that block workers from seeking justice when they're mistreated or harassed on the job." WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate H… Continue Reading


Murray: Work Will Continue Next Year to End Surprise Medical Billing, Strengthen Health Care For Patients & Families

Washington D.C.-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement calling for continued work next year to end surprise medical billing. Murray also highlighted the need to address the effects of Republican efforts to undermine families' coverage. "From the beginning of our negotiations on ending surprise medical billing, I've been clear that any solution we reach must end these exorbitant… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Slams Republican Obstruction of NLRB Nominees As Board Loses Last Remaining Democrat

McFerran's exit leaves the historically bipartisan board with three Republicans and two empty Democratic seats Murray: "I'm deeply disappointed by the inaction of the Republicans and I implore them to return to normal process. The NLRB must not become a playing field for partisan politics." **WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** Washington D.C.-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, criticized … Continue Reading

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